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Kafka Summit SF 2019

Streaming platforms at massive scale.

September 30 - October 1, 2019 | San Francisco


Do you have a great Kafka story to share?

Submit your CFP here.

Speaking at Kafka Summit is a great way to connect with hundreds of your peers, become more involved in the Kafka community, and have a public platform for you to share your story of the future of streaming platform.

We’re seeking technical sessions that offer actionable expertise that deepens the practical knowledge of our attendees—without the sales or marketing pitch. Discuss best practices or lessons learned, present business cases or a success story, and provide details to help attendees get under the hood of your Kafka implementation.

Looking for feedback on your abstract?  We will be holding online speaker office hours where you can ask questions about crafting a strong submission, bounce off ideas, etc. Members of the program committee and our developer relations team will be there to help.

To take part, join the #summit-office-hours channel in our Slack community at one of these times:

  • March 26, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. PST
  • March 28, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. GMT
  • April 10, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. PST


Core Kafka
Want to dive deep into Kafka’s internals, or just get a refresher on the basics of the platform? The Core Platform track focuses on the present and future of Kafka as a distributed messaging system. As the platform matures, you have to keep your eye on the leading edge and the fundamentals alike. This track is here to help.

Stream Processing
Talks in this track cover APIs, frameworks, tools, and techniques in the Kafka ecosystem used to perform real-time computations over streaming data. If you’ve building an event-driven system—whether on KSQL or Kafka Streams or something else—you need the experience shared in this track.

Event-Driven Development
Streaming applications are unlike the systems we have built before and we’re all learning this new style of development. Event-driven thinking requires deep changes to the request/response paradigm that has informed application architectures for decades, and a new approach to state as well. In this track, practitioners will share their own experiences and architectures they have employed to build streaming applications and bring event-driven thinking to the forefront of every developer’s mind.

Use Cases
Stream processing and event-driven development is being applied to use cases across every industry you can imagine.  In the Use Cases track, we’ll share stories of actual streaming platform implementations from a variety of verticals. Talks in this track will define the business problems faced by each organization, tell the story of what part streaming played in the solution, and reveal the outcomes realized as a result.

We’re looking for fresh ideas, unique perspectives, and thought-provoking discussions that will give our attendees a good time and send them home better-informed and more capable than they came.  So do your best to stand out by submitting relevant, engaging, creative, and entertaining proposals.

Sessions are 40 minutes in length including time for Q&A. You must submit a separate entry for each topic, with a maximum of two entries per person.

What You’ll Get If You’re Selected:

  • Full conference pass
  • Exclusive swag only available to speakers
  • Recognition on the Kafka Summit 2019 website, with your headshot and bio
  • Adoration of your peers

Important Dates:

Call for Papers opens:  February 19, 2019

Call for Papers closes:  April 16, 2019

Notifications sent:  May 15, 2019

Presentations due for initial review: August 30, 2019

Presentations due for final approval:  September 16, 2019

Program Committee
Baron Schwartz, VividCortex
Becket Qin, Alibaba
Ben Lorica, O’Reilly Media
Ben Stopford, Confluent
Helena Edelson, Lightbend
Joy Gao, WePay
Jun Rao, Confluent
Lena Hall, Microsoft
Michael Noll, Confluent
Neha Narkhede, Confluent
Rajini Sivaram, Confluent
Stéphane Maarek, DataCumulus
Tim Berglund, Confluent
Todd Palino, LinkedIn

Submit your CFP here.

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